The EduGrow School Garden Award Winners, East Arnhem, Northern Territory were announced at the EduGrow Awards Ceremony at Yirrkala School in late November. Over 100 excited students, teachers and community members came together to celebrate their school achievements to grow good food, good learning and good times!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Shepherdson College, Galiwin’ku – $2000
FIRST PRIZE WINNERS in each of the four categories – $500. (Schools of different sizes, with an established food garden or starting one in 2013). First, second and third prizes were awarded in each category:
– Raymangirr Homelands School
– Shepherdson College
– Lamiwuy School, Biranybirany Homelands
– Gapuwiyak Seconday School
Lynne Walker, MP, Nhulunbuy, announced the winners in each of the Awards four categories. The Awards were presented to each school by Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup, CEO, Jimmy Little Foundation (JLF). The Jimmy Little Foundation was the Major Sponsor of the Awards and conducts the much loved Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! program promoting good nutrition and healthy lifestyle to Indigenous students across Australia.
Graham (Buzz) and JLF community projects officer Glen Duncan were very impressed by the high quality of the gardens and commended all eight schools who participated for the great work they have put in.
“Fresh vegetables are vital to everyone’s diet and good health – a big thumbs up to all of the winners and this fantastic initiative from RIG Network that JLF and Thumbs Up! have supported since its inception” Graham said.
The EduGrow School Garden Awards support and encourage students, teachers and schools to create school food gardens and learning activities for students who enjoy learning outdoors, through engaging, fun activities that can be readily integrated with the curriculum.
“We’re thrilled that so many schools from across East Arnhem have participated in the Awards. Every participating school was a winner and the entries demonstrably showcase the incredible work that teachers and students at community and homelands schools are doing” Anthea Fawcett, Manager of the Awards said.